Baked Potato in Gas Oven (What to Know Before You Start!)

  • By: VidJovanovic
  • Date: June 28, 2022
  • Time to read: 8 min.
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Do you love baked potatoes but hate that they take forever to cook? Or do you want a delicious, crispy baked potato that’s done in less than 30 minutes? If so, this blog post is for you.

Potatoes are one of the most popular foods around. In fact, according to the Idaho Potato Blog, there are more than 2 billion pounds of potatoes consumed every year in the United States alone. 

But if you’re like me, sometimes it can be difficult and time-consuming to bake a potato. We answer all of your questions about cooking a baked potato in an oven and how long it takes to cook a potato in an oven.

In this article, I will show you exactly how to make a baked potato in your oven and discuss some of the advantages of doing so! 

Baked Potato in Gas Oven
Baked Potato in Gas Oven

How Do You Cook Baked Potatoes In Gas Oven?

These steps to follow to cook a baked potato in the gas oven are as follows:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll want to do this while you’re still getting ready for the meal so that when it comes time to bake the potatoes, they won’t be waiting around too long.
  • When your oven is ready, and you have all of your ingredients assembled, place them on a baking sheet (or directly into an aluminum foil packet if you’re feeling fancy).

Now that we’ve covered these initial steps, let’s talk about what happens during those 45 minutes!

Preheat the oven to 400 – 450 degrees. Prick potatoes all over with a fork. Bake the potatoes until fork-tender, 45 to 60 minutes.

What Kinds Of Potatoes Are Good For Baking?

What Kinds Of Potatoes Are Good For Baking
What Kinds Of Potatoes Are Good For Baking

You’ll want to use one of the following varieties:

  • Red potatoes are best because they have a higher starch content.
  • Small white potatoes (also called fingerlings) can work well.
  • This recipe uses sweet potatoes, but they tend to be drier and might need more oil or butter than other types of potatoes to make them as moist as you like them. Avoid russet potatoes—they’re great for frying but not for baking!

Check your potatoes for defects or soft spots before using them in this recipe; remove any that you find so that your finished product won’t be too soft toward the center of each piece.

If you’re baking many potatoes, use a rimmed baking sheet instead; it makes it easier for fat and juices from the potato to drip down into your oven below instead of pooling on top and burning there (and making smoke!).

How Do You Preheat Your Gas Oven Before Cooking With It?

As you might’ve noticed, this is a gas oven. And if you’re using your oven for the first time, it’ll probably be set up with all the dials in their original positions. So before you start cooking, there are a few things you have to do:

  • Make sure that your gas oven is clean.
  • Turn on the oven
  • Set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (which is how we bake potatoes)
  • Leave the oven door open for about 10 minutes (so that it heats up) and then let it sit for an hour or two (so that everything else heats up)
  • Close your oven door once it’s been heated up

Check the oven’s temperature with a thermometer, then center the rack. The best-baked potato is cooked at 400 degrees and cooking time for one hour.

The best way to preheat a gas oven before baking bread is to set the oven’s temperature at 400-425 degrees Fahrenheit, place an empty pizza stone on the bottom rack, and then place the bread dough into a cast iron skillet on top of the pizza stone.

How Long Does It Take To Bake A Potato In The Gas Oven?

On the internet, there are many different answers to this question. Some say an hour. Others say two hours and fifteen minutes.

In actuality, baking a potato depends on several elements: the type of potato you choose (Russet or new), its size, and the temperature of your oven.

If you want to know how long it takes for your specific potatoes at your specific oven’s highest setting, get ready to do some math!

It takes about 45 minutes to bake a potato in the oven. The size of the potatoes should be at least 2 inches in diameter but no more than 3 inches. If they are smaller than that, they may not cook properly, and you may end up with raw potatoes.

The potato’s interior temperature should be 200 degrees or greater before baking. This is usually done by sticking an instant-read thermometer into the center of the potato.

How Do You Know When The Potato Is Done?

How Do You Know When The Potato Is Done
How Do You Know When The Potato Is Done

When cooking a potato in the oven, there are no hard and fast rules for when it should be done. Instead, you’ll want to look at it and test for doneness with a fork.

Insert one into the center of your potato, lift and twist gently. If it goes in easily, you’ve got yourself a baked potato! But if it meets resistance.

Just try again! and again, if necessary, until you get past that resisting bit of flesh that says, “I’m not ready yet.” You know a baked potato is done when it’s soft and fluffy, with crispy skin on the outside of each potato.

If you’re looking for perfection, check the top of each potato about halfway through cooking to see if it’s browning evenly.

What To Do With A Baked Potato That Isn’t Done

If your baked potato is not done after 30 minutes, place it back in the oven. Then, every 10 to 15 minutes, check until it’s fork-soft. Here are some tips for different methods of testing:

  • Cut the potato in half to check for undercooked pieces. If so, put it back in the oven!
  • Use a knife to check how soft your potato is (for this method, you’ll need at least two people). One person holds up half of the baked potato while another uses a knife or fork to make small holes and then puts theirs down on top of yours. If any parts are still firm, put them back into the oven!

What Kinds Of Toppings Are Good For Baked Potatoes?

What Kinds Of Toppings Are Good For Baked Potatoes
What Kinds Of Toppings Are Good For Baked Potatoes

There are countless delicious toppings for baked potatoes, but the ultimate choice is yours. A few of my personal favorites include:

  • bacon
  • cheese (cheddar or jack)
  • baked beans
  • sour cream and chives or green onions

Other great options include guacamole and dip, hummus, ketchup, jalapenos, shredded cheese (cheddar or jack), butter, or margarine.

Some of the most popular toppings include olive oil, black pepper, broccoli, kosher salt, chili, and sprouts. However, if you’re looking for a vegan topping, you should go with cashew cheese or hummus.

How Do You Reheat A Baked Potato?

A microwave oven or another appliance might be used to reheat baked potatoes if you don’t want your kitchen to get too hot. For example:

  • Please put it in the microwave on high for about 5 minutes.
  • Heat it in the toaster oven for about 10 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit (or until golden brown).
  • Use the regular oven for about 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown.

Can You Directly Bake Freezed Potatoes?

You can bake frozen potatoes directly, but it’s important to note that you don’t have to. You could also microwave them for 5 minutes, then bake them for another 20-30 minutes at 425°F (if you’re using conventional ovens).

This will give your potatoes a different texture than if they were baked from fresh—the microwaved ones will be more fluffy and airy, while the oven-baked ones are fluffier with an almost custard-like consistency (but not quite as dense).

The process is simple: Thaw frozen potatoes in cold water or on a rack over the sink; pat dry with paper towels before baking.

For best results, pierce each potato with a fork several times before cooking so moisture can escape during baking; this prevents soggy bottoms and helps achieve crisp edges on any baked potato recipe you choose!

What Are Some Other Ways To Cook A Potato?

What Are Some Other Ways To Cook A Potato
What Are Some Other Ways To Cook A Potato

Suppose you’re still not convinced that baking potatoes in the oven are the way to go. You can also prepare this versatile vegetable in the following ways.

  • Roasting: Lay them flat on a sheet pan in a 450°F (232°C) oven for about 30 minutes.
  • Steaming: Place them in a steamer basket over boiling water for about 15 minutes or until soft when pierced with a fork.
  • Boiling: Simmering potatoes is also an option, but it isn’t quite as simple as roasting or steaming—you’ll need to boil them whole and peel them first before mashing or slicing into fries (which we’ve already covered).

Which Is Better For You: Baked, Boiled, Or mashed Potatoes?

The answer is that it depends. It depends on what you’re going to do with the potato. Baked potatoes are healthier than boiled potatoes because they have less water content than boiled potatoes, but if you eat them plain, there’s no real difference between them.

Mashed potatoes are healthier than boiled ones because they contain less water and more nutrients than boiled ones (and also because mashed ones taste better).

Boiled potatoes have more calories than baked or mashed ones because they have more liquid and thus more carbohydrate content; however, this isn’t an issue unless you’re eating nothing but boiled potatoes all day long!


I hope you have enjoyed learning about the different ways to make potatoes in a gas oven and some tips on how to make them even more delicious.

This is a great option for those looking for a simple way to boil potatoes at home or who don’t have a lot of time or resources.

A baked potato is a great side dish, but we all know how time-consuming it is to bake a potato. A baked potato needs to be baked at a low temperature for more than an hour.

This blog post has provided information on what you need to know to cook a baked potato in your gas oven.

From selecting the right oven to what you need to do when it is time to turn it on, this post will help you learn the best way to cook your baked potato in a gas oven. Thanks for reading!

Frequently Asked Questions

When baking a potato in a gas oven, what are some variables to consider?

The most important variable is the temperature of your oven. A gas oven must be preheated to at least 400 degrees Fahrenheit before you can safely bake a potato. 

What is the difference between a baked potato and a roasted potato?

Baked potatoes are cooked in the oven, which leaves them fluffy and moist on the inside with a crisp, golden brown skin. Roasted potatoes are cooked in oil or butter in a hot pan on the stovetop, leaving them firm and crispy on the outside while maintaining their soft, fluffy insides.

How do I prevent my potato from sticking to the oven wall?

Set your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare your meal. Cover a baking pan with aluminum foil, then coat it with oil spray. Next, pierce your potato all over with the tip of a knife before placing it on the sheet. Then, bake for 30 to 40 minutes in a preheated oven until the meat is fork-tender and browned outside. 

Should baked potatoes be wrapped in foil while baking them?

Yes, you can wrap a baked potato in foil. This will help keep the potato tender and moist without drying it out and infuse it with a little extra flavor from the foil. 


Vid Jovanovic

I’m Vid Jovanovic and I’m 36 years old. I’m a teacher by profession and my passion lies in baking. I have been baking since my early teens, when my grandmother taught me how to make a simple cake that you can find in any supermarket. My passion for baking grew as I got older and I started experimenting with different ingredients and recipes.